Jenna Bass

South Africa, Luxembourg, Germany, 2019 / 90 min / English and Afrikaans OV with English subt. (EN & Afrikaans OV with EN subt.) / Adventure, Road Movie, Western

An all-female South African western adventure.

The world of lonely, middle-aged policewoman Beauty Cuba changes forever when she receives a call for help from Billy, the lost love of her life who has recently been re-arrested for murder. Beauty returns to her home town of Beaufort West, deep in the heart of the surreal landscape of the Karoo semi-desert and quickly learns that this case is not as simple as she thought. The real culprit of this accidental murder is a painfully shy young woman named Natalie who flees her small, rural town on horseback and teams up with her now pregnant childhood friend Poppie to outrun the law.

Flatland is a journey of self-discovery for these three different but equally desperate women, painting a vivid and unique portrait of femininity against a hostile frontier-land and questions what it means to be a woman in contemporary South Africa and the world at large.


Wed 13/03 21:15 Ciné Utopia EN & AFRIKAANS OV with EN subt. Public
Cast & Credits
Nicole Fortuin, De Klerk Oelofse, Unikitty, Marco Diaz, Olivér Sárközi, Dvo Marvel, Mahon Andoniaina
Jenna Bass
Sarah Cunningham
Loic Collignon, Kévin Feildel
Sara Hartinger
Proper Film, Deal Productions, In Good Company
Unafilm, ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel in coproduction with Arte
Match Factory

Jenna Bass is a South African director, writer, photographer and former magician born in 1987. She is a graduate of Cape Town’s College of Magic and AFDA Film School and started her career directing music videos. Her first short, The Tunnel (2010), was selected for the Focus Features Africa First Program and screened at Sundance and the Berlin Film Festival. Her debut feature Love the One You Love (2014) won awards for Best Actress, Best South African Feature Film and Best Direction at the Durban International Film Festival. Jenna Bass is the editor and co-creator of “Jungle Jim”, an illustrated pulp-literary magazine for African fiction. She is currently engaged in a VR collaboration with artist Olivié Keck and South African indie game developers Free Lives. Flatland (2019) is her third feature film.

  • 2019 – Flatland
  • 2017 – High Fantasy
  • 2014 – Love the One You Love
  • 2010 – The Tunnel (short)